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Introduction to Longlook – A Letter

By Alumni Student (and present RuralMedEd Board Member)
Dr Lynsey Cochrane.

Welcome to the Queensland Rural Medical Education Longlook program and congratulations on making it to the best part of medical school! The Longlook program is unlike anything else you will experience in medical school.

I completed my 3rd year at Warwick Hospital and my 4th at Oakey, and if I could go back in time, I would do it all over again. During my time with QRME I learnt more than I could ever have thought possible and this is largely due to the unique longitudinal nature of the program, allowing us to constantly reinforce and consolidate skills across the entire year instead of forgetting concepts after each 7 week block.

Longlook prepares you well for your exams but also beyond med school into your future careers. My ultimate reason for choosing Longlook was to feel confident to undertake internship and this is something I feel I definitely achieved. Coming together for hub days is extremely beneficial for learning but also social interaction away from your sites. In particular during second semester, the OSCE practice you will receive at hub days are invaluable so I encourage you to engage in the activities and participate fully.

Another of the many benefits of QRME and the Longlook program is the large number of staff who are always readily willing to assist students with any queries or concerns so please don’t hesitate to contact someone if you need help or guidance, myself included.

The program can be challenging at times but remember there are always learning opportunities available if you look for them – be pro-active. My biggest piece of advice would be to engage in your rural communities and not just focus on being a medical student. Be present, not just physically, and put your hand up for things in the hospital. You will be surprised how much you’ll be allowed to do if you show some enthusiasm and willingness to learn. You will be treated as part of the team and this is one aspect that makes this program such a special experience.

I hope you are looking forward to being here as much as we are looking forward to having you all. Put yourselves out there, make the most of every opportunity and most of all, and have fun doing it! Good luck for the year ahead!

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